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By Martyn Cornell

Amber, Gold & Black is a complete background of British beer in all its variety. It covers all there's to understand in regards to the historical past of the beers Britons have brewed and loved down the centuries—Bitter, Porter, light and Stout, IPA, Brown Ale, Burton Ale and previous Ale, Barley Wine and Stingo, Golden Ale, Gale Ale, Honey Ale, White Beer, Heather Ale, and Mum. this can be a occasion of the depths of British beery historical past, a glance on the roots of the styles that are loved at the present time in addition to misplaced ales and beers, and a learn of ways the drinks that fill our beer glasses constructed through the years. From newbie to beer buff, this background will inform you stuff you by no means knew sooner than approximately Britain's favourite drink.

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Roast beef is fantastic with pale ale, porter is terrific with steak or lamb, stout is great with pork and chicken or spicy foods and any British cheese has its companion beer, from Cheddar and bitter to Stilton and barley wine – and desserts go just as well with beer too, as anyone who has tried apricot clafoutis with IPA, strong ale with plum pudding or chocolate stout with good vanilla ice cream will affirm. In short, this book is a celebration of British beer in all its many beautiful shades and inspiring flavours.

Almost thirty different types of beer were mentioned in the guides, the most common being twopenny pale ale (the most expensive regular beer in London), mild, stale and stout. Mild and stale were frequently mentioned together in the two guides, suggesting they were indeed drunk mixed or half-and-half, in the same way that mid-twentieth century drinkers drank mild-and-bitter. ) Public taste for mild stout eventually led to the invention of milk stout, using lactic sugars that would not ferment, so that the drink stayed sweet.

But these were rarities. Through the 1850s most brewers seem to have carried on advertising just ale and porter. From the 1860s, however, many brewers had started brewing pale ales and were selling both an IPA and a lower-priced ‘bitter ale’. In 1875 Henry Earle of the Barnet brewery, Middlesex, listed three different grades of ‘bitter ales’, IPA, BA and LBA, in descending order of strength and price. Other brewers followed a similar pattern, though not always with a beer called IPA in the range.

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